Category Archives: space exploration

Orion lands safely

I think Orion landed a bit early, for when I went online after an hour and 40 minutes; it had already landed. Apparently it was right on target, and they’re recovering the craft, which you can watch here. It missed its splashdown point by just a mile and a half!


About 7 minutes into the mission, and all is well. A few live screenshots: Leaving the atmosphere: Separation of panels: It’s now going 15,000 miles per hour, around its orbital velocity. It still amazes me that a primate can do this, only 10,000 years after it invented agriculture.

Orion launches at 7:05 a.m. EST (that’s today)

Let’s try again.  As far as I know, the Orion launch—a precursor to more expeditions to Mars—is on, and the launch is in about 19 minutes: at 7:05 EST. WATCH IT! All is well with 15 minutes to go. The NASA livestream can be seen on their site (and it works for me); click on screenshot below to […]

They’re gonna launch the sucker TOMORROW

UPDATE 1: (0754 a.m. EST): Damn! Another hold due to wind gusts.  Keep watching. UPDATE 2: Launch now set at 0826 a.m. EST, in ten minutes. UPDATE 3: Launch put back on hold; a drain in the liquid oxygen tanks has apparently malfunctioned. UPDATE 4: 0832 EST, they’re recycling the valves on the boosters, and […]

Orion launches in 42 minutes! (Delay: you can still watch)

UPDATE: As of 7:17 a.m. EST Oriion is still not launched due to wind delays. If the link below doesn’t work (and it didn’t for me), go to the BBC link here.  _______________ Or 7:05 Eastern time in the US. Watch it live here (click on screenshot below to go to NASA television). You can do […]

Philae isn’t dead:, just sleeping (?)

Well, our optimism about the comet probe Philae was premature, but it wasn’t a total loss. Although it failed to “harpoon” itself to the comet, Philae did land after a couple of bounces and sent out some data. Sadly, its solar battery wasn’t able to keep it going since it was stuck on a dark […]

Philae has landed!

by Greg Mayer Qapla’!! Philae has landed! The European Space Agency’s Philae lander has successfully landed on Comet P67, and begun transmitting data. If you rewind the live feed, the success signal is received at exactly 3:00:00 (17:03 CET in Darmstadt), so you can see the reaction in the control room. Here’s the BBC coverage, […]

We land on a comet today! (10:47 EST)

[UPDATE] Some more links to watch: Here is the website of the team who are operating the lander, they also have livestream footage on their site. Their Twitter feed is: or @DLR_de for updates in German. And don’t miss the Lander’s twitter feed : And the current xkcd update:   Make your plans now to be […]

Swell space pictures: A space probe catches up with a comet

  Landing on a comet! That’s the goal of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, which for ten years (three of them spent dormant) has been speeding toward the Comet 67P, which comes around the sun once every 6.5 years.  Once it’s near the comet, and in orbit around it, the probe will launch a […]

See the Earth from space—in real time

From engadget we learn that NASA has now given us real-time video of Earth from the International Space Station: NASA has switched on the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, an internet stream that shows the station’s view of our planet in real time; you can check it out below. Developed and run in part by high school […]


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